Saturday, November 04, 2006

Denise is silent, just like her dead calves

Still no posting on Denise O'Brien's website of an official announcement/explanation of the recent revelation that her husband, Larry Harris, was charged with Intentional Cruelty to Animals in 1987 by letting a group of steers starve, including 3 die.

Rob Sand, campaign manager for the O'Brien campaign: Are you unable to use basic HTML? Get your side of the story out. Tell us why it was OK for these calves to die 19 years ago and how that makes Denise better enabled to be SOA?

To the folks that think I'm just following the party line: I switched party affiliations in June to vote for both Ed Fallon and Denise O'Brien in the primaries. I serve on a board with Denise (although I haven't seen her at board meetings since the campaign started). I've worked at another organization (now-defunct PrairieFire) where she was on the board of directors. Up until this point I have had nothing but respect for Denise and Larry.

However, the charge and her response (or lack thereof) has caused me to loose respect for her. And out of respect for the position of Secretary of Agriculture of Iowa, I believe it would be wise for her to drop out of this race. She will not garner respect in her office because of this history, and it could tarnish the SOA position for years.

8 Comments:

Blogger noneed4thneed said...

They issued a press release. They must not have a place for press releases on their site. I don't think that means they are silent on the issues, just poor website management.

8:10 PM, November 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found out the actual story.

Those cattle did starve to death but did so voluntarily. They were on a hunger strike. They were protesting the Republicans, White Males and the Capitalist dominated policies of the United States of America and their oppression of women and minorities and the exploitative treatment of Bovine Americans. The night before the deaths of the cattle were discovered there were heard strange low bellowing strains of “ The Internationale”, “We Shall Over Come” and “Solidarity Forever” before numerous dull thumps were heard and the strange chorus stopped abruptly.

12:24 AM, November 05, 2006  
Blogger Mango said...

Anon, THAT'S funny!

But when the revolution comes I will denounce you to the cows.

12:43 AM, November 05, 2006  
Blogger bgunzy said...

NoNeed, does any other site have the press release in full? There are places on the O'Brien site for press releases, and a blog that could easily be updated. I'd like to hear their full side of the story.

7:35 AM, November 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Register reporter Lisa Rossi is married to Mike Rossi, who used to clerk for Sen. Jack Hatch, the only legislator to endorse Denise during the primary.He then went on to work for the Hatch Dev. Corp. I wonder how unbiased Lisa Rossi's story was??

12:32 PM, November 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah the register is soooo reliable. I'm shocked. Oh wait, I'm not.

6:54 PM, November 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous: your first comment sounds like something Ms. Basu would write for the Gannet news?paper up in the capitol metroplex

2:01 AM, November 06, 2006  
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